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The island of Java is home to 57% of the Indonesian population and is the most populated island on the planet, with an estimated 143.1 million inhabitants — of which more than 90% are Muslim. If you're looking to add to the populace, then read on for more information.

Tucked up just under the equator, Java is the third largest island in Indonesia, and interestingly the 3rd largest volcanic island in the world. In fact, it was primarily formed by volcanic eruptions, and a chain of iconic volcanoes still dominate the island — some of which are still active, such as Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru. As well as these smouldering icons, Java is known for rice paddies, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches that spurn the advances of its chaotic megacities, which tend to be crowded and polluted, but offer an addictive buzz.

While many students live in Yogyakarta, the majority of work for foreign professionals can be found in Jakarta, which is the capital of Indonesia and is its largest city. With a population of more than 10 million, Jakarta is one of the world’s most densely populated cities and greatest megalopolises.

Labour market

Despite the maddening traffic, Jakarta is a dynamic city that is driven by industry and is developing at a rapid pace that comes with a few obvious challenges.

In spite of the bureaucracies and physical mayhem, there is still a market for foreign experts with specialist skills. Most expats working in the capital are usually employed by international companies, teach English, or work in the export sector. However, in recent years, Indonesia’s tech startup and e-commerce sectors have also expanded thanks to an influx of overseas talent in these sectors.

Younger expats that are attracted to the bustle of Jakarta often work as English teachers, while older professionals tend to be employed as consultants, engineers, or developers in industries like mining, or oil and gas (if you work in the O&G industry, you are required by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to be over 30 but under 55). There is still a lot of money to be earned in Jakarta in skilled sectors, and the drawcard of a high standard of living compensates for the persistent smog.

During colonial times, the Dutch introduced the commercial cultivation of sugarcane, rubber, tea, and coffee plants to Java, and Javanese coffee gained global popularity in the last century, which is why the word 'java' is a common term for coffee. As a result of its fame in such areas, import and export businesses still also enjoy a lot of success in Jakarta.

Find a job in Jakarta

Due to the regulations and restrictions, it is advisable to try to find work before you move to Jakarta so that you can apply for the relevant visa and documents before arrival.

Many foreigners tend to move to Jakarta as part of an internal transfer or on an assignment. Many also find lucrative employment through a recruitment agency or contacts in their field. It is a competitive city, and the government is trying to resolve unemployment levels by making it more difficult for foreigners to find work, so if you can rub shoulders with those who live there or get a foot in the door at an international firm, this would be the easiest way of finding a job there and making Jakarta your home.

Alternatively, social networking websites such as Facebook and Linkedin, or job websites such as Monster Indonesia or can be invaluable resources. And if you are an English language teacher, check out teaching forums and job websites applicable to this field.

 Useful links:

Monster Indonesia 
Indonesia Job 
Tip Top Jobs 

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